World Serious: Phillies-Rays Gamer I

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Haven’t quite had your fill of pineapple-flavored baseball?  Here’s your place to comment on the World Series _nobody_ saw coming heading into this season.  Scott Kazmir goes for St. Pete, while the-nearly-unhittable-as-of-late Cole Hamels gets the rock for Philly at The Trop.  Enjoy the game, and leave enough room for a wafer-thin mint.

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  • By happenstance I flipped onto “The Meaning of Life” last night right when this scene began. Pause the TV, snap the shot with the cell phone. Such a great image.

    attackgerbil October 22, 2008, 5:53 pm
  • Just about captures my thoughts about watching these two teams play in the World Series…
    Well, ok, it captures my thoughts about any teams playing in the World Series if one of them isn’t the Red Sox. I’m petty like that.

    Paul SF October 22, 2008, 6:04 pm
  • Speaking of Pineapple-flavored: Despite a hatred for the Phillies that grows every year, I must confess that I’ll be rooting for them this year due to the presence of fellow statesman Shane Victorino. When in doubt, pull for the Hawai’ian, that’s my motto.
    Anyway, it’s as good a reason as any for me, given this match-up. So who’da’ya got? Pro-American League? Anti-Rays?

    FenSheaParkway October 22, 2008, 6:04 pm
  • I have to be rooting for the Rays. They were tried and tested in the AL East cauldron all season and they proved their mettle. I think if any team from the East (minus Baltimore) had made it to the post season, they would have had a shot at the series. A great statistic to look at is the number of teams outside the AL East that had a winning record against the East. That number: 2. Cleveland and LA. Basically, the East beat up on each other (especially Baltimore), then clobbered every other team in the AL. If we weren’t splitting all those wins against each other on an unbalanced schedule, Tampa Bay, Boston, New York, and Toronto would have had waaay more wins. Ahhh, the joys of being a fan of the ugly brother (Jays) in the East. Any other division we would be playing in October. I’m glad to see the Rays get their chance to shine.

    Jays-Fan October 22, 2008, 7:52 pm
  • Half my family comes from the “City of Brotherly Love.”
    No choice here.
    Thanks Mom!
    I still don’t really care.

    LocklandSF October 22, 2008, 8:28 pm
  • I agree completely Jays-Fan, I honestly thought that the Jays would make a huge push in the 2nd half. If they hold onto Burnett I see them as being very dangerous in 2009.

    Atheose October 22, 2008, 8:29 pm
  • Atheose,
    Thanks for the encouragement. I do hope that the Jays can hold onto Burnett. I like the guy, I do, but despite his strong finish this year, he’s still barely above a .500 career pitcher with a spotty health record. I call him the Raul Mondesi of pitching. Boatloads of talent but never quite living up to it. (Compare Halladay’s 131-66 to Burnett’s 87-76 and similar length careers, though it’s not exactly a fair comparison.) He’s showing signs of the greatness he could have though (this season was great), so I hope we can keep him, but I don’t want to see the contract get too insane. The loss of Marcum and MacGowan are what I’m worried about. Marcum is definitely out for 2009, and MacGowan probably won’t pitch until a month or two in. What was arguably one of the best rotations around is now looking full of holes. Were it not for the dreadful hitting for much of the year, the record would look much different. I worry that 2008 was their golden opportunity, pitching wise, and I don’t know if they can repeat that quality next year. Time will tell. April brings everyone a clean start full of promise. The East will continue to dominate, so the best of luck to all those in the East.

    Jays-Fan October 22, 2008, 8:53 pm
  • I remember in college, reading the old medieval morality plays, and at one point looking at a classmate as we both realized at the same time that The Meaning of Life must have been based on these 1,000-year-old plays.
    Sipping on a nice Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids, Mich. So hoppy; so, so good.
    No way I can root for Ray. No way I can feel good if those johnny-come-lately fans get a WS title their first year over .500. They need to experience a little disappointment, first. They need to suffer. Go Phil.
    It’s currently 3-2 Phil, top 9.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 22, 2008, 11:40 pm
  • Listeniong to a lot of speculation today on WEEI about the 2009 Red Sox. I concluded that Theo would be foolish to go after Teixera. He doesn’t represent a need. When we had Papi/Manny at 3/4 it was fearsome, but we were too reliant on it. I’d prefer more versatility in the lineup 1-9. How we get that, I don’t know. But we don’t need that to win. We need 9 guys who can all hit.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 22, 2008, 11:43 pm
  • And your Game 1 final: Phil 3, Ray 2.

    I'mBillMcNeal October 23, 2008, 12:02 am
  • No way I can root for Ray. No way I can feel good if those johnny-come-lately fans get a WS title their first year over .500. They need to experience a little disappointment, first. They need to suffer. Go Phil.
    My thoughts exactly. Glad to see Philly pull it out. Brad Lidge really has gone under the radar this year.

    Atheose October 23, 2008, 9:31 am

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